For many it was the film that made their childhood but more than 20 years since the original cartoon edition it has been given a CGI makeover, portraying the characters in a much more realistic way.
Look at all that fur – I keep expecting to hear David Attenborough’s dulcet tones come in to describe the scene, but no, none of it is real it’s just a film, guys.
The trailer dropped during last night’s Oscars ceremony and with a release date of 19 July fans won’t have long to wait to see the whole movie in all its digital glory.
This isn’t the first time a Disney classic has been given a once over, it follows a recent trend of the films being remade for modern audiences – including Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book, with Dumbo and Aladdin also on the cards.
But there is no doubt that The Lion King is one of the most highly anticipated, given that last year the original cartoon version was voted the best animated film of all time.
Let’s face it though, this was the original – not only did it teach us about life’s biggest motto (‘Hakuna Matata’, obvs), it also taught us how to deal with grief, among many other big life lessons.
As most of you will know – or you definitely should do by now – the film follows a young lion called Simba as he grows up to be King of the Pride Lands – helped along the way by two absolute jokers, Timon and Pumbaa, while his Uncle Scar tries to stand in his way.
But in a twist to the tale – *spoiler* – it turns out that Scar probably isn’t Simba’s uncle, or Mufasa’s brother.
Excuse me, what’s that?
Speaking to Hello Giggles, producer Don Hahn said: “[While making the movie] we talked about the fact that it was very likely they [Scar and Mufasa] would not have both the same parents.
“The way lions operate in the wild… when the male lion gets old, another rogue lion comes and kills the head of the pride.
The new film has taken the classic cartoon and transformed it for modern audiences. Credit: Disney
“What that does is it causes the female lions to go into heat [to reproduce], and then the new younger lion kills the king and then he kills all the babies. Now he’s the new lion that’s running the pride.”
He added: “There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two [male] lions? Occasionally there are prides that do have two male lions, in an interesting dynamic because they’re not equals [since they don’t have the same parents].
“One lion will always kind of be off in the shadows. We were trying to use those animal truths to underpin the story so we sort of figured Scar and Mufasa couldn’t really be from the same gene pool.”
Roll on July.
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